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Planet Dance Cincinnati is for beginners, pros, and everyone in between

Beginner Contemporary ClassPlanet Dance Cincinnati. For the past two months, I’ve been trying and loving different drop-in classes at Planet Dance Cincinnati. Accurately described as a cutting-edge dance studio serving Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and beyond, Planet Dance has classes for all ages. Kids, teens, and adults are welcome, with a range of difficulty levels from total beginner, to intermediate, to professional.
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Visit Wolf Creek Habitat in Brookville, Indiana

Wolf Creek Habitat and Rescue — located in Brookville, Indiana, just an hour from Cincinnati, Ohio — is a non-profit center whose mission is to provide a safe space for rescue wolves and to educate visitors about the good and gentle side of these creatures, who are truly misunderstood.
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Monkeys Enjoy a Night On the Town in Cincinnati, Ohio

It’s been one wild and crazy night for a group of monkeys, who are still on the loose in Cincinnati, Ohio. Reported sightings began trickling into the police department at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7. Thursday morning, police confirmed that five monkeys are indeed out and about on the Queen City’s West Side, including some that were spotted swinging from the trees at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery at West Eight Street and Enright Avenue.
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Scary Sleepover Games

This story is a work of fiction, created from the author's imagination. Looking back on all the sleepovers of my childhood, I can remember a blur of fun and funny memories that shimmer in and out of focus.
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Are Women Breadwinners Being Punished At Home for Their Success?

The pressure of being a mom, wife, and breadwinner is starting to get to me. As women, we’ve fought and clawed for the opportunity to have children and careers. Hell, we’ve fought and clawed for the privilege of even being allowed to work — let alone the privilege of making more money than our spouses.
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Do You Know What a Panic Attack Feels Like?

Do you know what a panic attack feels like? If you’re lucky enough to be able to answer “no” to that question, let me walk you through what it feels like for me — someone who has dealt with them since she was 12 years old.
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Struggling With Eating Healthy at Work

People love their treats at my office. An innocent little doughnut can help most anyone get through the hassle of the workday. But not everyone has an inner struggle for hours and then breaks down and eats 8 within a half hour, like I sometimes do.
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What People Don’t Know About Having Pet Rabbits

Spring is springing. The weather is warming, and the flowers are blooming. The spark of new life is all around us. It’s that time of year when so many parents purchase a baby bunny and stick it in their kid’s Easter basket, having no real idea the kind of care and commitment having a domestic rabbit involves.
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My Article Landed Me On a Popular Talk Show

I can’t say there was one specific goal when I started putting my thoughts and feelings out there for all the internet to see. When I dove headfirst into my blogging journey over two years ago, my writing goals were plentiful and far-reaching.
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When Teachers Don’t Recognize a Transgender Student’s Affirmed Name

My 14-year-old son has a close friend in his class who recently started spending time in our home. For the purposes of protecting the child’s privacy, we’ll call this friend Jack. The boys spend the day in class together two days a week, and sometimes, Jack will hang out at our house for a couple of hours after school.
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The Terrifying Alien Encounter at Disney World

When I was a kid and my parents were planning a trip to Disney World for me and my sister, I was looking forward to seeing the ocean again even more than the Magic Kingdom. We were staying on the Gulf side of Flordia, a little over an hour’s drive to the amusement park. I’d been to Myrtle Beach before and loved it, but never Florida. And I wanted to see the ocean again. The sand, the sunrise over the water, the waves. That was my happiest place on Earth (Sorry, Mickey).
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I Cheated on My Boyfriend and He Took Me Back

I’m not a perfect woman. News flash, I know. Many of us can relate. We are not perfect human beings. We all make mistakes. We stray from the path. We hurt ourselves and others, and, hopefully, we learn from our mistake — but sometimes it takes a few tries to get it right.
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Why Consistent Exercise in Nature Supports Good Mental Health

I got back into running again recently. And by “got back into,” I mean that I’ve been out on a long run all of one time in the last week. Before that, it had been a little over two months. I love outdoor running with a passion, but my struggle nowadays is consistency.
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Professional Benefits of Amateur Podcasting

I recently attended a virtual presentation about a unique approach to monetizing your podcast. The method involves avoiding sponsors and affiliates, and instead focusing on creating and selling a digital product to your listener audience, like an e-book or online course.
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Most of us have read advice on writer’s block. For some, it’s a phrase dirtier than any four-letter word. For other creative geniuses who seemingly never have flow problems, it’s a “myth.”
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The Five Phases of Changing a Toxic Habit

Most people don’t face the challenge of a bad habit and then suddenly change overnight because they want to. Whatever the toxic behavior, it’s something you build up over time. It becomes ingrained in you. It takes Herculean amounts of mental fortitude just to get yourself in the right mindset to start working on bad habits. And without feeling mentally ready and prepared to change, you likely won’t. I recently read about the transtheoretical model of behavior change, or TTM. While there are several models floating around out there, I connected personally to this well-known theory when it came to recently re-igniting my health and fitness journey. Created in the 1980s by alcoholism researchers James O. Prochaska and Carlo C. DiClemente, TTM revolves around the idea that “change is a process, not an event.” At any given time, a person wrestling with a toxic habit is in one of the five stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, or maintenance. This, I realized, is me. It’s as if Prochaska and DiClemente were inside my head, seeing what goes on when I’m trying and failing to get rid of a bad habit I can’t seem to kick. This would explain why once I stopped exercising, it took me so long to get from thinking about how I wanted to start again, to actually doing it.
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Working From Home is Slowly Destroying Me

Every day, I drag myself out of bed and walk the few steps to my bathroom. Then it’s a few more steps to my home office. Then, I sink into my cushy desk chair and start my long day of sitting at a computer.